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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 7, 2011 9:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Make My Day (Non-Dead)

Me too Mando. Am I on the left or right? Good, but 'I Need More Shows', still the top banana.

btw- With my apocalyptic thinking hat, I always thought of the starving people, esp. women and children begging 'at the gate' more then the Mad Max types (though I'm sure...) being the greater threat (only so much food/playing on the heart). Us gardener/farmer types are about to go play in the dirt in 60ish days again (growing seeds soon). All this backbreaking work for only this much food ?( thinking apocalyptically). I have to get to next May (after harvest) with this?

How's the 3rd moat going ?

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jan 7, 2011 1:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Make My Day (Non-Dead)

"How's the 3rd moat going ?"

Stopped at two. I'm working more on building community now, not keeping it out.

I know what you mean about the hungry at the gate, pretty sure I won't be able to say no to my own detriment. I'll have no problem drawing a bead on that little creased triangle formed by joining the base of the Adam's apple and the two bones where the clavicles meet the sternum and putting two rounds of 147 grain JHP Hydra Shoks into a threat.

But a hungry kid or young family? Yeah, I'll starve with them.

We do have a year's worth of food for 4 in 30 year deep storage, off grid back-up power (solar and generator), near indefinite water purification and desalination, 7 years worth of heirloom seeds for most of our garden crops and a core community within 10 minutes with a pretty wide ranging set of core competencies - vascular surgeon, family practioner, dentist, 3 certified master gardeners, certified apiarist, 3 SEALS, nuclear engineer (yours truly) and a butcher.

Wow, that was all one sentence.

And I've said it before - if/when the shit hits the fan, all of you loons are welcome. Head of the line privileges for anyone bringing bricks of peat moss from Scotland, barley, and/or a 60 gallon pot still with an 8 foot neck.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 7, 2011 4:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Make My Day (Non-Dead)

The core community is key. Our problem is that we have about 15 million people between New York City and Boston. You just can't transport a farming community (and all that excellent soil) to somewhere a bit more quiet.
Mando, some day I would like to see yours and I would like to show you ours.
Cross pollination is always fun.

Do you have any queens for this year? We lost ours again (already) and are going to pass (again) this year. It used to be easy, but it's becoming a pain in the butt to keep hives.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jan 7, 2011 4:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Make My Day (Non-Dead)

I may try a dodecahedron style hive like Ron Breland builds. Google him and check him out - I think he is up in Vermont or New Hampshire.

He built a dodecahedron shaped hive - which apparently is the natural shape the bees build to and the use less energy because they don't have to adapt to a Langstroth, Warre or Top Bar style. Ron's hives are not very good for producing honey (other than what the bees need) but are superb for the bees. Last I checked he hadn't had a case of colony collapse disorder with any of his dodecahedron style hives.

We've been lucky here in SE Virginia - we have tons of watermelon and grape salvia all over the backyard so we have no shortage of bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to pollinate the garden.

Oh yeah, move down here. It's warmer and there are fewer people. We just shoot the ones we don't like and throw them in the Great Dismal Swamp. It literally takes years before they reconstitute as zombies disguised as tourists from PA, NJ, CT and NY.

Edited to add some links to info on Ron Breland

http://www.microecofarming.com/html/natural-beekeeping/natural-beekeeping-dodecahedron-hive.htm

Great video here, plus loads of other clips once you are there:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jpbo1QUmVjM

This post was modified by Mandojammer on 2011-01-08 00:50:16

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 7, 2011 5:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Make My Day (Non-Dead)

I assume the zombies are for target practice. Damn Yankees!

edit- Thanks for the links. I'll let you know what I think.

This post was modified by micah6vs8 on 2011-01-08 01:12:46